Politicians come and go; some more frequently than others. What is not obvious and remains quietly in the back ground is the politicians’ permanent bureacracy that stays forever regardless of who gets elected or ‘unelected.’
Is ‘unelected’ a real word? I don’t know, if it’s not, it should be, so I am hereby officially declaring it a real word. You know it means the voters put them out of office, so it is a real word.
The permanent bureacracy, whether it’s at the federal, state, or local level, is all those worker bees that are employed 365 days a year with paychecks, fringe benefits, etc in places that we call the Department of Energy, the Department of Transportation, etc. It doesn’t really matter who the elected politicians are, those people are there all the time period. They have an assortment of titles, support staff, assistant to the assistant deputy director, deputy director, etc. You get the idea.
These people, like folks who work in the private sector, want bonuses, promotions, etc. It’s just human nature; but hmmm wait a minute, unlike folks who work in the private sector, they don’t do anything that creates wealth or adds value to the country’s economy. They essentially consume the resources provided by the private sector and that’s pretty much it.
What a dilemma!! We have these permanent bureaucrats who actually run the governments and do nothing that adds to the Gross Domestic Product, but they expect to be rewarded. They are, in fact, competing with the private sector for a share of the country’s wealth.
What to do, what to do? How do the politicians reward their bureacracies? The answer is simple, they grow government. Bigger and more bureacracies justifies more and bigger tax collections to pay for the additional positions and titles. It really doesn’t matter whether these are actually needed. They don’t have to produce anything to take more and more out of the economy, they just grow the beuracracy.
The people who work in the private sector have to actually produce something or they will find themselves standing on the street. Too bad for them. They just can’t compete with government.